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Latitude: 55.9489 / 55°56'55"N
Longitude: -3.1938 / 3°11'37"W
OS Eastings: 325547
OS Northings: 673514
OS Grid: NT255735
Mapcode National: GBR 8NG.KZ
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.XQBW
Plus Code: 9C7RWRX4+GF
Entry Name: 6, 7, 8 Upper Bow, Edinburgh
Listing Name: 5-8 (Inclusive Nos) Upper Bow
Listing Date: 11 January 1989
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 370398
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29865
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
Thomas Moncur, 1882. 4-storey and attic 4-bay tenement with 17th century Scottish Revival detailing, stepped with slope of street. Rock-faced squared and snecked sandstone with polished dressings (painted ashlar to ground). Corniced ground floor; corbel table to attic. Long and short quoins; stop-chamfered corners to ground. Windows in tabbed surrounds. Advanced gabled bay to outer left: glazed door with plate glass fanlight in re-entrant angle. Recessed 3-bay block to right: stop-chamfered pilastraded openings to shops at ground floor (modern glazing); bipartite windows to right; carved panel with initials and date (188?-worn) between left and centre bays, with corbelled-out chimneybreast above, rising to wallhead gable flanked by windows; piend-roofed dormer to right.
6-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates.
Until after the 1827 Improvement Act West Bow was a steep Z-shaped street which climbed from the Grassmarket to Upper Bow at the foot of Castlehill. Most of the old buildings in West and Upper Bow were swept away to make room for the northern side of Victoria Street, built to link the Grassmarket with the new George IV Bridge. Before their demolition, Thomas Hamilton, the architect for the scheme, made careful elevational drawings of the buildings.
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